April 8, 2021Santa Barbara Soccer Club (SBSC) and Kickers Soccer Club announced today the formation of Central Coast Academy (CCA), a partnership that creates the premier platform for girls soccer in the region. Starting in the 2021-22 season, Central Coast Academy will provide girls in the 2009 through 2003 age groups a unified pathway to compete at the highest levels offered on the Central Coast. Central Coast Academy’s elite team for each age group will compete in the Development Player League (DPL).

“The SBSC and Kickers partnership is incredibly important to us,” said SBSC President Tim Vom Steeg. “There is considerable talent on the Central Coast but until now there hasn’t been an opportunity like what CCA offers for girls in our region.”

“We are excited to be working together with SBSC to align our common goal of elevating player development and providing better opportunities for girls on the Central Coast”, said Kickers Director Chris Chirgwin.

Central Coast Academy will have multiple teams in each of the 2009 through 2003 age groups. There will be upcoming tryouts for the elite DPL teams. The non-DPL teams in each age group will continue to compete in Coast Soccer League.

“CCA will be the largest program for girls on the Central Coast with access to multiple training locations, high quality coaching across all teams and the opportunity to play in an elite regional and national level league”, said Greg Wilson, Director of Coaching. “We are really excited to see the partnership evolve and for players and their families to experience the next level of soccer.”

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